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The Long Shot - The Atlantic

theatlantic.com — Martin O'Malley ought to be a Democrat's dream candidate. In two terms as the governor of Maryland, he's ushered in a sweeping liberal agenda that includes gay marriage, gun control, an end to the death penalty, and in-state college tuition for undocumented immigrants.

A Republican Wave Sweeps the Midterm Elections

theatlantic.com — LOUISVILLE, Ky.-Republicans took the Senate majority in a commanding sweep on Tuesday, winning nearly every contested race across the country, gaining governor's mansions and adding to their majority in the House of Representatives. For weeks, pundits had debated the semantics of what would constitute a "wave" election, but when it came, it was unmistakable.

Mitch McConnell, on the Brink

theatlantic.com — MADISONVILLE, Ky.-"Well, we expect to win," Mitch McConnell said, his jowly face set in its usual chelonian glare. McConnell, the Senate minority leader, was standing in the parking lot of a Hertz Rent-a-Car office in this Western Kentucky coal-and-tobacco town, having just participated in its Veterans Day parade with his wife, former Labor Secretary Elaine Chao.

Latino Voters' Wrenching Midterm-Election Choice

theatlantic.com — DENVER-Christian Avila was getting ready to give a pep talk, but first, he had an announcement for his team of election canvassers: "I do have pepper spray-raise your hand if you need it," he said. "The only rule is, don't spray me."

Not That Kind of Republican

theatlantic.com — BOULDER, Colo.-In the tiny storefront that houses the Boulder County Republicans, the air is thick with paranoia. At the front of the crowded room, the county GOP chairwoman, Ellyn Hilliard, is lecturing on voter fraud and the Democratic conspiracy she's convinced is afoot to steal the election.

Most Latinos Don’t Hold Obama’s Immigration Delay Against Him " NewsTaco

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newstaco.com — Most Latinos Don't Hold Obama's Immigration Delay Against Him *Seems that, according to a Pew poll, the majority... How Have Community College Funding Cuts Affected Latinos? *Interesting: when funding for community colleges decreased, tuition increased... The faces of Mexico's missing students *Mexican illustrators are standing for the 43 missing of...

The Democrats' Ground Game May Be Falling Short in Iowa

theatlantic.com — NEWTON, Iowa-These are not easy times for a Democratic canvasser, and Cindy Pollard knows it. For months, she has been working the neighborhoods of this hollowed-out former manufacturing town east of Des Moines, driving up and down its streets in her black Toyota 4Runner. The vanity plate says "CINDY."

What Will the GOP Senate Be Like?

theatlantic.com — "The way I describe it is, we're putting the guardrails on the Obama administration's last two years," Senator Rob Portman told me in a recent interview, explaining how he envisions a Republican-controlled Senate proceeding. Needing GOP approval for nominees, Obama would have to appoint moderates to judicial and executive positions, he said.

What Will the GOP Senate Be Like?

theatlantic.com — In Kansas recently, Republican Senator Pat Roberts, who's in a tough race for reelection, made a statement that left me puzzled. "A vote for me is a vote to change the Senate back to a Republican majority, and we'll get things done," he said. "And it means a stop to the Obama agenda."

Bruce Braley and the Year Everything Went Wrong for Democrats

theatlantic.com — The Democratic congressman, who is behind in the polls in his race to represent Iowa in the Senate, is sitting on a couch in a nearly empty coffeeshop in this small town east of Cedar Rapids that houses Iowa's largest prison. ("The population is about 6,000, but 1,200 of them aren't allowed to leave," one local tells me.)
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Nov 20, 2014

RT @Mobute: I’m not listening to Serial. I’m just reading the thinkpieces and when it’s over, I’ll look at the final consensus and believe the opposite.

Nov 20, 2014

About to be on radio with the one and only @juliemason, talking about my O’Malley piece theatlantic.com/magazine/archi…

Nov 20, 2014

RT @DukeSanford: 11/22 @ 1 PM: Journalists @NateSilver538, @mollyesque of The Atlantic & @brianstelter of CNN reflect on media coverage of …

Nov 20, 2014

@joedonatelli Sorry, all out. I’ll let you know if I get some more.

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